CityBeat - City Desk http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-238-1-city_desk.html <![CDATA[Cranley Removes Planning Commission Head - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley recently announced he is replacing Planning Commission Chair Caleb Faux with former Pleasant Ridge Community Council President Dan Driehaus.

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<![CDATA[Proposal Would Make Violence Against Homeless a Hate Crime - ]]>

A proposed city ordinance could add homeless people to groups protected by hate crime laws, making Cincinnati one of just three cities to do so.

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<![CDATA[Local, National Protests Continue over Racial Injustices - ]]>

Protests in Cincinnati and across the country continue to take place over racially charged shooting deaths of unarmed black citizens and a lack of indictments for the police officers responsible for them.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati Police to Equip Officers with Body Cameras - ]]>

Cincinnati’s 600-strong uniformed police force will eventually be equipped with body cameras after a seven-month pilot program involving West Side officers wrapped up last week.

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<![CDATA[DOJ Hammers Cleveland Police Department Use of Force - ]]>

The Department of Justice released a report Dec. 4 detailing its 18-month investigation of the Cleveland Police Department’s use of force.

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<![CDATA[Greenpeace Protesters Offered Plea Deal - ]]>

Prosecutors have offered seven of the Greenpeace activists arrested for hanging banners from Procter & Gamble headquarters last spring a plea deal that would cut charges against the group.

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<![CDATA[State Renews License for Cincinnati’s Only Abortion Clinic - ]]>

Cincinnati’s last remaining clinic providing abortions will stay open, Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio announced Nov. 20.

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<![CDATA[Council Passes Streetcar Funding, Operating Agreements - ]]>

Cincinnati City Council on Nov. 19 passed operating and funding agreements for the city’s streetcar, a milestone for the contested project.

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<![CDATA[Neighborhood Clean-Up Program Targets Walnut Hills Eyesore - ]]>

A pedestrian walkway between McMillian Street and Curtis Street in Walnut Hills called the St. James Cut Through has long been a community eyesore and crime hot spot.

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<![CDATA[Council Commits to Doubling Human Services Fund - ]]>

City Council on Nov. 13 unanimously passed a motion committing $1.5 million more to the city’s Human Services fund in its next budget, doubling the fund’s size.

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<![CDATA[Ohio Considers Making Providers of Execution Drugs Secret - ]]>

Conservative lawmakers in Ohio’s General Assembly are pushing a new bill, HB 663, that would exempt from public records laws details about those who supply lethal injection drugs to the state.

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<![CDATA[Federal Court Upholds Region’s Same-Sex Marriage Bans - ]]>

The Cincinnati-based 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Nov. 6 upheld laws banning same-sex marriage in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. 

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<![CDATA[Cranley, Portune Propose Shared Services Task Force - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley and Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune on Nov. 10 proposed creating a task force that could help the city and county governments share services.

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<![CDATA[City Passes Regulations on Rideshare Companies - ]]>

City Council voted Oct. 29 to approve rules governing ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft, marking the first time since the companies came here in March that they’ve been regulated by the city.

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<![CDATA[Council OKs Sealing of Low-Level Weed Convictions - ]]>

Some of the 10,000 Cincinnatians convicted under an unpopular and now-repealed marijuana law will now be able to put the past behind them.

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<![CDATA[Report: Ohio Needs to Double Transportation Funding Over Next Decade - ]]>

Ohio will need to spend $1.1 billion annually on public transit by the year 2025, a new study commissioned by the Ohio Department of Transportation says.

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<![CDATA[Mayor’s Jobs Initiative Criticized for Diverting Nonprofit Funding - ]]>

Mayor John Cranley’s “Hand Up” job initiative will be funded in part by cuts to other anti-poverty and blight mitigation programs. That has some advocates for the poor up in arms.

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<![CDATA[NAACP Considering Cincinnati for 2016 Convention - ]]>

The convention planning committee for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) on Oct. 17 recommended the Cincinnati for the civil rights organization’s 2016 annual convention.

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<![CDATA[Cincinnati’s Last Remaining Abortion Provider Could Close - ]]>

The city’s last remaining women’s health clinic that provides abortions might soon be shuttered.

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<![CDATA[City Ends Fiscal Year with $18 Million Budget Surplus - ]]>

The city budget ran an $18 million surplus for the fiscal year ending June 2014, City Manager Harry Black said last week.

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